BTS’ Jimin stuns fans with surprise solo ‘Closer Than This’; Know all about release date and more

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BTS are known to cook up various surprises for their fans. While the fandom was mourning the enlistment and charting their old songs, the members had something planned for the Christmas weekend. On Wednesday, Jimin surprised fans by dropping a teaser of an upcoming song.  The song is titled ‘Closer Than This’ and will be released on December 22, 2023, at 2 PM KST. It is noteworthy that the song will be available exactly 10 days after all the members enlisted.

All seven members of BTS have enlisted for mandatory military service. The last four remaining members did the same in December 2023, with RM and V enlisting on December 11, while Jung Kook and Jimin took the companion route to enlist on December 12, 2023.

Coming back to Jimin’s song, the announcement for the same was made through BigHit, the agency managing BTS. The message was posted across social media platforms, which included YouTube, TikTok and Instagram.

Fueling the excitement further, a short video featuring Jimin’s enchanting dance moves to the unreleased track was shared across the same platforms, accompanied by the hashtag #ThisIsJimin. The fans were also elated to see another band member V also known as Kim Taehyung make a special appreance in this video. The fandom is now buzzing with speculation about the possibility of an official music video accompanying the surprise release.

Closer Than This Release Date and Time

Jimin’s song will be released on December 22, 2023, at 2 PM KST. For people in the US, here is what time you will be able to start streaming the song:

  • Eastern Time: December 22 (Friday) – 12:00 a.m.
  • Pacific Time: December 21 (Thursday) – 9:00 p.m.
  • Central Time: December 21 (Thursday) – 11:00 p.m.

The announcement reads:


We are excited to announce the release of BTS member Jimin’s digital single, “Closer Than This”.

“Closer Than This” is a heartfelt fan song that encapsulates Jimin’s genuine feelings for ARMY. As we approach the final days of 2023, we hope that “Closer Than This”, with its lyrics conveying Jimin’s love and affection for his fans, will bring you hope and warmth.

Release Date: 2 PM, Friday, December 22, 2023 (KST)

2023 in review for Jimin

This move comes hot on the heels of Jimin’s stellar performance earlier this year when he dropped his EP ‘Face,’ a chart-topping sensation that peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The single ‘Like Crazy’ from the project soared to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 in April, marking a historic moment for Jimin as his first No. 1 solo hit on the chart.

As if that weren’t enough, Jimin’s outstanding achievements were further recognized at this year’s MAMA Awards, where he secured a top nomination with eight nods and was ultimately crowned the Best Male Artist, solidifying his status as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

With ‘Closer than This’ dropping out of the blue, fans are now eagerly awaiting details on a potential music video. The unexpected release showcases Jimin’s ability to surprise and captivate, leaving fans in anticipation of what’s next for the enigmatic artist. As the speculation around the MV intensifies, ARMY can’t help but wonder if Jimin is gearing up to break even more records in 2023.

Keep your eyes peeled and your playlists ready, as Jimin’s ‘Closer than This’ promises to be a musical journey that fans won’t soon forget.

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